Readers’ letters - January 21

Fly-tipping could be reduced through education and free removal of items, suggests a reader. See letter
Fly-tipping could be reduced through education and free removal of items, suggests a reader. See letter
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Where was the education?

I was interested to read Gordon Arkwright’s letter (Letters January 19) regarding the misuse of the apostrophe, for it reminded me of a leaflet that I happened to notice while in a waiting room.

What caught my eye was the title of this leaflet, it being “Patient’s as Educators”.

Thus, intrigued by the title, I decided to take a closer look at the leaflet.

Now, while the idea of using patients as educators was a good one, the leaflet was fundamentally flawed for it contained no less than 13 spelling and grammatically incorrect mistakes.

If that was not bad enough, worse was to come when I turned to the back page of this trifold leaflet to find that the producer of this leaflet was the Central Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Even worse was the fact that it had come from the Education Department of that trust.

I thus felt it my duty to report the failings of this leaflet to the said department.

While agreeing with everything that I had pointed out as being mistakes, the reply from the lady with whom I had corresponded, left me speechless. She said that my observations would be noted, be passed on to the usual bodies for action and a new leaflet printed.

Right, so these would be the same bodies that designed, made up and, more importantly, approved the document?

Well, given that they failed that task miserably the first time round, why anyone would trust those same people with the new, improved version of the leaflet defies logic and reason.

Just how many people rubber-stamped this document for approval without actually examining its contents in detail?

After all that is their job, right?

I still await my invitation to sit on any such committee which is looking at producing any more ‘educational’ leaflets from this, in name only, Education Department.

Neil Swindlehurst, B. Ed. (Hons) via email

Ways to reduce fly-tipping levels

One of the main problems of dealing with the scourge of fly-tipping is the high degree of proof required to successfully prosecute offenders.

Gated back alleys, which should have improved the level of dumping, have hardly reduced levels because neighbours, who know who are committing this type of offence, are either too scared or indifferent to the problem.

Community leaders in the worst offending areas could help to educate people who, either through ignorance or apathy, have little understanding of the costs involved in attempting to resolve these blights on the communities we live in.

As unpalatable as it may be for non-offending council tax payers, a small increase in the rate, with free removal of unwanted domestic items, could perhaps prove more economical than the current system.

Denis Lee, Ashton

Junior doctors right to strike

NHS junior doctors are to be congratulated for striking against ridiculous proposals that adversely change their contracts of employment.

The changes, if implemented, would result in doctors working longer hours for less reward.

More importantly, because of the longer hours, the wellbeing of patients would be put at serious risk.

Junior doctors should, therefore, be supported for resisting such damaging changes, even if their action escalates from one-day stoppages to all-out strike action.

The Government’s real agenda is to destroy the NHS and replace it with a fee-paying health service.

Glyn Powell, address supplied

I found school friend Louise

A very heartfelt thank you to the LEP for helping me find my friend Louise Rennock from William Temple School (1969 - 1974) (LEP Letters January 11).

The response helped me find my friend whom I’ve been trying to trace since I started using the internet in 2006.

An ex-pupil of William Temple School suggested that there may be an error in the spelling of Louise’s surname. All these years I had been trying to trace Louise Rennode.

He said that there had been a Judyth Rennock in his class and he felt that she could be Louise’s younger sister. He suggested I try to trace her.

I had not even begun looking for a Judyth Rennock but, in the morning of Friday, January 15, for some unknown reason, I felt a compulsion to look up ex-pupils of William Temple School on Facebook, a group which I had joined just a week before.

The first thing that pops up on the screen in front of me is Judyth Rennock Booth’s name.

I left a comment under the one she had left, hoping she’ll read it.

I told her that I was looking for Louise Rennode, but her surname could be Rennock.

Judyth got back to me the same day stating that Louise was her sister!

She informed me that Louise was fine and would pass on my message to her.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the LEP for publishing my letter and Pete Wood from William Temple for emailing me.

Seema Lakdawala via email

We need a new PR system

Despite the floods, the Government pours huge amounts of taxpayers’ money into HS2.

Adding insult to injury, they cosy up to China for investment.

It is time to take stock and look at the real basic priorities for the whole population. The complete political system needs an overhaul to get rid of governments which have the sole aim of staying in power.

We need proportional representation and with it a legal requirement for the whole of the eligible population to vote (as in Australia). This would give us a balanced set of policies across the board. It seems to work well enough in Ireland and Denmark where members of my family live and are happy.

John Seymour via email